BOC has won the 2013 Endeavour Awards Technology Application of the Year category for the development of its new Mini Bulk Service Offer and Mix Onsite, which was designed specifically for the Australian welding sector.
The Mini Bulk Service Offer makes it easier to manage variable demand and offers significant productivity savings, cost-effective supply, consistent high purity liquid, low filling losses, modest installation costs and increased gas storage in a compact cryogenic liquid vessel.
Mix Onsite is part of BOC’s innovative Mini Bulk Service Offering which has changed the face of gas supply in the manufacturing sector, providing an intermediate solution between cylinder packs and bulk delivery.
BOC had originally developed the Mini Bulk gas supply offer to deliver nitrogen to the laser market segment, where it has been taken up successfully.
Leveraging off the skills of parent company, The Linde Group, Mix Onsite was launched with the objective of expanding into new markets.
An alternative to linked cylinders or manifold packs, Mini Bulk Service Offering - Mix Onsite is a state of the art gas-supply technology introduced to improve productivity, save space and lower costs for users.
Mix Onsite was specifically developed for the welding market, particularly for customers who use between 100 and 400 cubic metres of gas per week and are looking save on costs and space.
It was introduced in response to industry demand to make it easier to manage variable gas needs and offers significant productivity savings, cost-effective supply, consistent high purity liquid, low filling losses, modest installation costs and increased gas storage in a compact cryogenic liquid vessel.
The unique technology improves upon the original system of multiple linked cylinders or “manifold packs”, offering significant economic, production and space-saving advantages.
The system also helps to reduce the risk of handling injuries that are often associated with manually changing over cylinder packs.
The Mix Onsite system involves liquid argon and CO2 being delivered by a combination tanker into a range of compact customer argon and CO2 vessels.
A mixing panel is then used to blend argon and CO2 to the required shielding gas specification, with the shielding gas then delivered by pipeline to the required points of use.
An alternative to linked cylinders or manifold packs, Mini Bulk Service Offering – Mix Onsite is a state of the art gas-supply technology introduced to improve productivity, save space and lower costs for users.
The system is innovative in that the product is delivered by a small rigid road tanker into compact high pressure vessels with an integrated process vapouriser.
BOC’s high pressure filling technology reduces and minimises depressurisation losses of the vessel and the size of the delivery vehicle means tanker access is generally not a problem.
Other advantages for users include flexible delivery options to suit all customers, cost-effective supply, significant productivity savings, a flat base to spread weight over a wide area and a high pressure liquid transfer into vessel and three vessel sizes to choose from.
Vessel installation is also much simpler than a standard bulk installation for a number of reasons including: instead of hiring a crane, a fork lift can be used to unload and position the mini bulk vessel; the flat base means that the mini bulk vessel does not require a reinforced concrete plinth to support its weight (as opposed to 3 or 4 legs) and there is no 3 phase power requirement to run the delivery tanker filling pump.
The easy-to-use Mix Onsite unit is skid mounted for ease of installation and to save space. The unit comprises 1 or 2 CO2 storage vessels, CO2 vapouriser and gas mixer. There are various mixing panel options as well as leak detection.
Once the compact high pressure vessel is installed on site for modest set-up costs, the gases are delivered by BOC in small, rigid road tankers designed for easy site access.
BOC has a range of flexible delivery options and can even monitor a business’s gas levels remotely and schedule top ups when required.
With more than 62,000 employees working in 100 countries, the company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments.